Great Ocean Road
G'day from Melbourne...
I picked up my '04 147 GTA 2 weeks ago and have loved every minute of driving since... I became an enthusiast whilst in living in the UK (past 3 years) and read many of your posts before making the purchase. The car had higher mileage than most (76km/48mi) but also had the best service history of any car I looked at and also recently had the cam belt done (I can't understand why these cars don't have chains!). The high mileage made the car a bargain, and I also got a 3 year warranty from the dealer.
Since picking the car up, I have been doing mostly city driving which has been frustrating and expensive (The 3.2L is thirsty; under 7km / 4.5mi per litre!). It has also meant that many of the cars gremlins have started coming out. Screaching brakes, creaking clutch, suspension, and steering rack. The car had been back to the dealer and they reckon that that nothing is wrong with it other than the front rotars; which are roadworthy but are on their last legs.
Anyway, we got away to the Great Ocean Road south of Melbourne this weekend to tackle about 40km of winding clifftop driving and I'm happy to report that there is NOTHING wrong with this car. I still can't get the smile off my face! It handles like it is on rails and has awesome power that is matched only by the wonderful engine note!
This car is true Jekyll & Hyde. Jekyll under 3000rpm; and Hyde over!
The car is going in for a complete inspection and new rotars this week; however based on the pictures in another thread, it seems I still have the old 305mm brakes. I'll let the mechanic decide on what we replace as the current brakes work just fine.
Anyway, thanks for all of the information in this forum!
Last edited by CTH; 15-06-08 at 07:20.